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squared off with the powerful nra today, getting ready for a big announcement next week. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl now tells us what happened. >> reporter: on the day vice president biden met with the national rifle association, he made it clear he is pushing for the biggest expansion of gun control in two decades. >> there's got to be some common ground here. >> reporter: biden's proposals will likely include mandatory background checks on virtually every gun sale and a ban on semiautomatic weapons and those ammo clips that hold dozens of bullets. that will pit him squarely against the nra. >> everything that's been proposed impinges on people who have every right to own firearms. >> reporter: the nra has long been a lobbying force like no other. its unwavering opposition to gun control immortalized by its late president, charlton heston. >> from my cold, dead hands! >> reporter: they even managed to expand gun rights during president obama's first term, legalizing guns in national parks and on amtrak. the nra has more than 4 million members and lots of money. do
of the national rifle association. she says the nra came after her when she first proposed the assault weapons ban in 1990. >> the nra come after you, they put together large amounts of money to defeat you. they did this in '93 and intend to continue it. >> the nra disputes the characterization of the group, saying its power comes from, quote, more than four million dues-paying members. >>> if you like to shop, we have the place for you. a shopper's paradise in the east bay. the legendary shopping event that covers 96,000 square feet. first... >> never seen anything like this. >> ama: crazy weekend weather catches dozens of hikers offguard in arizona. how crews pulled off a rescue operation. >> leigh: i'm leigh glaser. a terrific day today. a lot of blue sky, but it was cold. we are going to warm up this upcoming work week. upcoming work week. we'll look at the se well, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. and if mom was recording her dumb show and dad was recording his dumb show the
. that will pit him squarely against the nra. >> everything that's been proposed impinges on people who have every right to own firearms. >> reporter: the nra has long been a lobbying force like no other. its unwavering opposition to gun control immortalized by its late president, charlton heston. >> from my cold, dead hands. >> reporter: recent polls suggest an opening for some gun control. a majority now favoring a ban on semiautomatic handguns. but it would be a mistake to think the nra's influence has waned. in the three weeks after the shooting in newtown, connecticut, the nra added more than 100,000 new members. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. >>> and even as the vice president was holding those meetings in washington, another school shooting was taking place. this time, in california. police say a student snuck a shotgun into school and then struck one classmate in the chest and fired on another. fortunately, a heroic science teacher was able to talk him down and disarm him. a sheriff said that the 16-year-old gunman told investigators he targeted the two students because they had
tonight a hearing to drum up support for new gun control laws. the nra says it doesn't work. >> facebook beats the street with a new formula for turning a profit from people making friends with mobile devices. >> it's a 7 on your side super bowl party. i'm michael finny. ahead, we'll find out if it's possible to throw a great party for 8 for around >>> too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. >> former congress woman and gun violence victim gabrielle giffords making an appeal to curb gun violence. >> members met with officials in san francisco to talk about the same gun measures and abc 7 news political reporter listened in on that meeting. >> just back. house democratic leader nancy pelosi was at this meeting today so was shooting victim, jackie speier and mike thompson shares the house task force. the topic was, can and what needs to be done. and members of congress to protect the american people. >> this is it. we have to measure up. and we cannot accept anything less. >> the head of the house task force on gun violence says there are measures that even gu
newtown and you said you hoped to get the nra on board for the effort of trying to come up with a solution. we know that vice president biden is going to talk about universal background checks. we know he's going to talk about some kind of limits on high-capacity gun magazines. how far are you prepared to go and can you bring the nra along? >> george, basically we have a cultural -- we have to change the culture of mass violence we have. if you think it's only about guns and that would change the culture, you'd be wrong. if you think it's only about the lack of mental illness coverage that we give and -- you'd be wrong there, and if you think it's only about the media with the video games, it takes an all-in approach. i have linked up with and i will be with john mccain introducing a bill that joe lieberman, our dear friend, has been championing for a long time putting a commission about mass violence together and bring experts from all different fields and you bring people such as myself that are nra members that have been sportsmen all our lives and look for a commonsense approach to how
, but he did not move the country which is what he's trying to do with the nra. obama's approval rating 52%, the nra's approval rating 54%. >> republicans in congress is 17%. >> since gun control came back to the top of the agenda, the nra has acquired 250,000 new members, so we're going to find out. you saw by putting up the statements by some of the democratic senators that there's a resistance in the democratic caucus because they have six seats up next time. >> all of those senators, i showed. >> in states where mr. obama got less than 42% of the votes, the republicans need to control the senate six seats. >> so how hard does he push this, cokie? >> i think he pushes parts of it. the assault weapons ban is obviously a huge problem and that's what most people are pushing back against. although it is interesting with the increased number of women in congress that it might have a better shot than 1994, 29% of republican men voted for the assault weapons ban and almost 70% of republican women. so you could see a difference because of that. but i think that background checks, waiting period
of what he will introduce and so does the nra which has issued a strike. john alston is here with the story. >> the president promised he would act quickly to come up with a plan. he put vice president biden in charge of his task force, and now we will learn the specific. >> a month after the connecticut school masacre president obama will unveil his plan to fight gun violence. one member on his side is san mateo democrat jackie spear who met with vice president biden yesterday. >> i think the president has made it clear he wants an assault weapon ban renewed. he wants a ban on magazines that are high capacity. and we absolutely have to have a universal criminal background check. >> that means guaranteed background checks when people buy weapons from gun shows or private sellers. >> why would we want to continue to have an environment that we do here in this country and not so much in california, but in the country our 40% of the guns purchased don't have a background check. >> the group responsible citizens of california sees the president's plan as an attack on the second a
. a bay area congresswoman has an idea of what he will introduce and so does the nra which has issued a strike. john alston is here with the story. >> the president promised he would act quickly to come up with a plan. he put vice president biden in charge of his task force, and now we will learn the specific. >> a month after the connecticut school masacre president obama will unveil his plan to fight gun violence. one member on his side is san mateo democrat jackie spear who met with vice president biden yesterday. >> i think the president has made it clear he wants an assault weapon ban renewed. he wants a ban on magazines that are high capacity. and we absolutely have to have a universal criminal background check. >> that means guaranteed background checks when people buy weapons from gun shows or private sellers. >> why would we want to continue to have an environment that we do here in this country and not so much in california, but in the country our 40% of the guns purchased don't have a background check. >> the group responsible citizens of california sees the president's pla
't think any of those things work. >> a confident n.r.a. president said on cnn they will win. >> do you think you have enough support on capitol hill to keep an assault weapons ban from passing? >> right now we do. >> after sandy hook elementary school, polls showed a majority of americans favored stricter gun control. that may not translate into action on capitol hill. nearly 300 members of congress have an a rating from the n.r.a. for opposition to all gun control measures. with just the threat of stricter laws looming, many americans are rushing to stock up on weapons and ammunition. as the gun control debate heats up in statehouses and in washington, the still grieving parents are debating what does do with sandy hook elementary school. >> knocking down the school is knocking down the memories of the children. >> knock it down and make it sacred ground. >> the white house has signaled if the congress does not act the president will through executive ode enraging gun rights advocates. >> developing news: the first president george bush is out of the houston hospital where he has bee
. president obama's proposals to curb gun violence are already being met with enormous opposition from the nra. the nra did not wait for president obama's announcement. overnight, the powerful gun lobby launched a preemptive strike, releasing a provocative video attacking the president's character. >> he's just another elitist hypocrite. >> reporter: the video points out that mr. obama's children have armed protection in school. and asks -- >> why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools? >> reporter: president obama will have to overcome nra opposition and convince congress to pass his measures to curb gun violence. when mr. obama unveils his proposals today, he'll do so flanked by children who wrote letters expressing concern about gun violence. the president will call on congress to ban military-style assault weapons, limit the number of bullets allowed in a magazine clip, and require background checks on nearly every gun purchase. mr. obama will also take action without congress by executive order. new york state, acted even before the federal government, putting in plac
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to proposal and who is expected to fight him. i can think of three initials. >> three initials, indeed: n.r.a. the preliminary to curb gun violence is being melt -- met with enormous opposition from the n.r.a. who did not wait for the announcement. the gun lobby launched a strike releasing a provocative video attacking the president's character. >> just another elite it hypocrite pointing out that his children have armed protection in school and asks, why is he skeptical of putting arm security in our schools? >> president obama will have to overcome n.r.a. opposition and convince congress to pass the measures to curb gun violence when he unveils the proposals today he will do so franked -- flanked by children who are concerned. he will call on congress to ban military astyle assault weapons and limit the number of bullets allowed and require background checks on every gun purchase and will also take action without congress by executive order. new york state acted before the federal government putting in place the toughest gun criminal laws in the nation. >> this is a comprehensive bill that
by guns in the one month since newtown. the powerful nra responded to him immediately, saying they would fight the president hard. and they even put the president's daughters at the center of the argument. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: as gun sales across the country continue their record pace, gun advocates reacted swiftly to the president, declaring they will fight his proposals on every level. in mississippi, the governor said he wants to make it illegal in his state to enforce any new federal gun law. >> to use this tragedy somehow as to say we need great reforms is just the wrong thing to do. >> reporter: in oregon, a sheriff stood by his intention not to enforce any law he believes is unconstitutional. >> making criminals out of honest citizens, that's not the right path to go down. >> reporter: when the president made his announcement, he was joined by four kids who wrote him letters after sandy hook. >> these are some pretty smart letters from some pretty smart young people. julia said -- julia, where are you? there you go. "i'm not scar
being met with enormous resistance by the n.r.a. >> the n.r.a. did not wait for president obama's announcement. the powerful gun lobby launched a strike releasing a video attacking the president's character. >> he is just another elite it hypocrite. it points out that his children have armed protection in school and asks, why is he skeptical about armed security? >> president obama will have to overcome the opposition and convince congress to pass the measures to curb gun violence. when he unveils the proposals he will do with children who wrote letters expressing concern about gun violence. the president will call on congress to ban military style assault weapons, limit the number of bullets allowed and require background checks on every gun purchased. he will also take action without congress by executive order. new york state acted before the federal government putting in place the toughest gun control laws in the nation. >> this is a comprehensive bill that addresses the full spectrum of issues that come up. >> the fork -- new york law would require mental health professiona
. the vice president is expected to present a plan that includes a ban on assault weapons. however, the nra says it does have enough votes in congress to block a new assault weapons ban. similar ban from '94 to 2004 was allowed to expire because democrats, after they passed it the first time around, lost a lot of seats in congress and said we're not going to touch this again and people don't want to mess with it because of the perceived power of the nra. that's how powerful the nra is to say it ain't going to pass this time. >> if you look at some of the studies that have been done, really that ban saved lives. if you look at some of the studies. >> i've heard a lot of mixed debate how impactful it was. the crime didn't decrease. it didn't really increase when it expired. >> but there was some new studies out. i think it did certainly make a difference. depending on what you believe. >> we'll see. mixed opinion on that one. >>> the president's choice as the next defense secretary begins critical meetings this week on capitol hill, former senator chuck hagel has come under fire for his remar
if, in fact, he does get the job. >>> and vice president joe biden meets with the nra today as the debate over gun violence intensifies. it could be a tough sell since the group has already said it opposes any new restrictions on fire arms. among those speaking out is new york's governor. andrew cuomo is urging lawmakers in his state to close loopholes on the state's assault weapons ban. >> this is not taking away people's guns. i own a gun. i own a remington shotgun. i've hunted. i've shot. that's not what this is about. it is about ending the unnecessary risk of high-capacity assault rifles. [ applause ] that's what this is about. >> he was quite fired up today. yesterday rather. results of a new study are sure to fuel the already intense debate over guns. the u.s. sees far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation. due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them unlocked at home. >>> in other news this morning, accused aurora theater shooter james holmes smiled and even smirked at disturbing self-portraits and images of weapon
congress is going to do. but it is an interesting moment that the nra is being brought to the table. that should be an encouraging sign that -- around that table there's going to be a nice balance of opinion. >> right. different voices. it's interesting, the nra claims $4.4 million was spent on congressional lobbying. the brady campaign spent $5,800. so there is a disparity in terms of the amount spent lobbying. but they all need to be around that table. there should be a happy medium. i think everyone agrees that the second amendment is there for a purpose, but let's reach a consensus on this. >> absolutely. there's no way you can have a healthy, balanced gun control debate without the nra at the table. they represent a significant part of the country. but that stat that mark kelly shared, 85% of kids killed in the world happen here in the u.s. killed by guns. i knew it was bad, but i didn't know it was that bad. >> staggering and sobering. >>> the suspected aurora theater gunman james holmes acted bizarrely in the moments after the shooting, according to detectives who questioned
difficult for criminals and the mentally ill to get guns? >> the nra will say, they can get them illegally. >> i don't agree with that. the gun lobby even opposes a gun purchaser being checked against the terrorist watch list. i mean, doesn't that seem like a common sense thing to do? >> but they made these arguments, the only thing that stopped the bad guy is a good guy with a gun. if there had been somebody with a gun there in that parking lot with jared loughner -- >> there was. there was somebody with a gun, other than jared loughner. >> he says there was a man nearby who had a gun in his pocket. but almost accidentally shot the hero. >> nearly shot the man who took down jared loughner, by a good guy with a gun. >> and two years after jared loughner opened fire, it is still a kind of miracle that congresswoman giffords survived. a bullet had torn a tunnel through her brain. >> yeah, that's it. that's a thumb. >> we saw her incredible spirit, her indestructible will and the recovery, moving so fast, doctors were amazed at the pace. today, she says she is still making gains, but every on
of about 200 spilled down the hallway of napa city hall. they heard a few speakers repeat the nra's call to have armed guards in all schools. >> those kids might have been alive if a few of the office personnel or some of the people had a concealed carry permit to protect our children. >> that idea did not go unchallenged. >> i know i will get booed, but when i listen to the leadership of the nra saying we need more guns in the schools, i could vomit. >> speakers called for better mental health programs and blamed a reliance on pharmaceuticals. >> seems like now society is throwing pills to these young men like tic-tacs. >> and media coverage of shootings took a hit. >> because of them it makes shooting up a school or library, post office, something glorified. >> congressman thompson will hold a similar forum tomorrow in vallejo and thursday in santa rosa. he will then take his ideas back to washington for possible legislation. live at napa city hall, abc7 news. >> thanks a lot. >>> more problems for the boeing 787 dreamliner. the plane was taxiing to the runway at boston's logan interna
down the hallway of napa city hall. they heard a few speakers repeat the nra's call to have armed guards in all schools. >> those kids might have been alive if a few of the office personnel or some of the people had a concealed carry permit to protect our children. >> that idea did not go unchallenged. >> i know i will get booed, but when i listen to the leadership of the nra saying we need more guns in the schools, i could vomit. >> speakers called for better mental health programs and blamed a reliance on pharmaceuticals. >> seems like society is throwing pills to these young men like tic-tacs. >> and media coverage of shootings took a hit. >> because of them it makes shooting up a school or library, post office, something glorified. >> congressman thompson will hold a similar forum tomorrow in vallejo and thursday in santa rosa. he will then take his ideas back to washington for possible legislation. live at napa city hall, abc7 news. >> thanks a lot. >>> more problems for the boeing 787 dreamliner. the plane was taxiing to the runway at boston's logan international airport tod
a consensus among the nra, gun owners and antigun proponent. the idea is to prevent more tragedy like sandy hook and possibly have a ban on assault weapons. he says it's created fear among gun owners. >> because obama wants to take everybody's guns away so they're down here buying ammo, buying guns, getting ready for the next revolution. >> gun show president bob templeton takenned the meetings in washington. >> further restrictions on the second amendment, not on the table for discussion. >> templeton says that is his stand as well as the nra, he says some consensus was reached as far as brown checks for criminal and mental health records, but thinks the administration is just having the meetings for show. >> productive dialogue. i think hey had their mind made up. >> the task force on guns is expected to present recommendations by the oaivedz the month. templeton expects 8,000 people here at the cow palace on sunday and expects to sell out of ammunition. in daly city, abc7 news. >> ama: the eighth and final suspect in the murder of a 14-year-old boy in san francisco is in county jail tomo
by gun violence on the same day vice president joe biden was meeting with the nra in the wake of that massacre in newtown, connecticut. >> never seems to end. >> no, not at all. >>> later, new worries about the fate of what might be the most closely watched whales in the world. that pod of orcas fighting the icy elements to survive. >>> then the early envelopes, the oscar nominations are in and they packed their share of both snubs and surprises. >> i was shocked. >> were you watching about 8:30 yesterday? >> yes, i was surprised. >> there was some expected ones and some not so expected ones and some folks not on the list. >> that's what got me, the snubs. >> we'll get into that dirt in just a second. >>> but first, the case against james holmes has taken a giant leap forward. late last night, a judge gave the go ahead for a trial. >> so holmes will be back in court today will he will officially -- could be officially charged. abc's clayton sandell reports from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: the judge's ruling is not a surprise after prosecutors spent three days laying out a m
of guns and ammunition but nra put out a video attacking the president personally. >> it's just another hypocrite. >> in burlingame, nra inspector says his phone has been ringing off the hook. we're law abiding citizens. once again, they're being caused by antidepressants and violent video games. we don't need to do background checks. >> it's expected the president will have a battle in the rin-led house and in the senate there are a dozen or so senators from conservative states who are vulnerable on this issue and may be uncomfortable with what the president is proposing. >> and. >> what about dianne feinstein? >> she pushed through the first ban in 1994 and she's in favor whaft president had to say and she's a force in the bat. -- senate. >> there is talk in congress about passing stricter gun controll laws from tightening loopholes and roifring reporting of ammunition purchases and a proposal to do background checks on people before they buy ammunition and require a permit to proceed with the sale. >> this is ammunition, in my opinion is the fuel that feeds the violence. >> they are
to the nra. reporting from oakland city hall, abc 7 news. >> and the nra went further releasing this statement in response to senator feinstein's bill. it's disappointing but not surprising she's once again focused on curtailing the constitution instead of prosecuting criminals or fifling our broken system. >> governor brown delivered a state of the state address praising the legislature for cutting billion frtz budget. and thanked voters for passing proposition 30. the governor says that money will not be squandered. >> we spromiss to keep. the important is the one made to the people. and we guard the money made available this, means living within our means and not spending what we don't have. >> republicans say the comment sounded good but they'll believe whit they see it talks about a rainy day fund and fiscal conservatives, fewer bills, talked about tuition freeze, about reform, those are ideas we've put out there. question is will reality match the rhetoric of today? >> the governor promised action on education reform and updating water delivery system. he's called for a sp
the nra head on. >> the gun lobby can be stopped, my friends, they can be stopped. >> reporter: voices in the crowd taking the first steps in a long push to reform the nation's gun laws. as the protesters dispersed today, they looked ahead to wednesday, the first congressional hearings for legislation on gun control. the head of the nra, wayne lapierre and the husband of gabby giffords, mark kelly, will testify. david? >> along with them so many of those families from newtown. reena, thank you. >>> another image from washington making headlines tonight, president obama in his first joint interview with someone other than his wife, instead hillary clinton, when you think back, the two battling it out in the democratic primary nearly five years ago, making history coming down to the two of them. then going on to form quite an alliance, the connection behind the scenes and in front of the cameras. right here, as they observed the bodies of those diplomats brought home from libya. tonight, why the president decided to sit down with hillary clinton now. is it about a campaign that's yet to
as a 65-year-old man scheduled to appear in court this morning on a menacing charge. >>> the nra says boosting school security is more effective in banning assault weapons in reducing gun violence. a top nra official appears on capitol hill today for the year's first congressional hearing on gun control. wayne lapierre says police need to enforce existing gun laws and deny weapons to the mentally ill. >>> former illinois governor george ryan will be released from prison today. the 78-year-old ryan will be transferred to a halfway house in chicago. >>> and the master mind of the manti te'o hoax is telling his side of the story. roniah tuiasosopo's interview with dr. phil interviews tomorrow. his attorney says coming forward with the truth is part of the healing. he'll provide exact details of the hoax, in which he fooled te'o into believing he was his girlfriend. >>> and a true hero here. former soldier brendan marrocco insisted on wheeling his own wheelchair into a news conference yesterday. he was using the new transplanted arms he received six weeks ago. he also lost both lesion in
, former arizona congresswoman, gabrielle giffords, was a victim of a mass shooting. n.r.a. c.e.o. saw law abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violence. the n.r.a. and mark kelly sent e-mails to supporters urging them to attend the hearing today. >> c.h.p. is getting closer in identifying the drivers involved in a dangerous side show in the middle of interstate 880 over the weekend. the crazy stunt could have had deadly consequences. we have the latest on the investigation and the emergency calls that came in during the incident. >> my god. my god. the c.h.p. is getting abundance of information leading to the drivers involved in this sideshow that happened saturday afternoon around 4:00 right in the middle of northbound 880 in oakland. >> someone posted this on the internet and i saw it, i saw a comment saying they knew someone in the video. >> caller who gave crucial information to the c.h.p. spoke exclusively to abc7 news saying he saw postings on facebook implicated the drivers. the c.h.p. also released 9-1-1 calls from people who witnessed this. >> everyone on the
until the president's announcement on gun violence. and the nra, taking a hard first strike overnight. very tough, very personal video. it even invokes the president's children. >> calling the president an elitist hypocrite in that ad. it was tough. >>> and we're going to get to the northeast weather in just a moment because it is bad. >>> but let's start with the horrifying helicopter crash in london. it occurred just across the river from the houses of parliament and big ben. abc's lama hasan is live at the site of the crash with more. good morning, lama. >> reporter: you can clearly see the debris. a few hundred yards from the crash scene. the top of the apartment building was covered in fog, it crashed into the crane before plum meting 60 stories and then exploding into flames. sending residents running for their lives. eyewitnesses saw a fireball dropping out of the sky, fearing the worst, another terror attack in london. a helicopter hit a crane in foggy weather, plunging to the ground, causing multiple casualties. with others feared trapped in subway tunnels and burning cars. c
this debt and get things moving again. >> senator heitkamp, you are a proud nra member in the state of north dakota. are you willing to sign on to some of the reforms that vice president biden and president obama are already talking about? >> you know, it's unclear. i mean you read "washington post" stories, and you listen to what the administration says, and so i think what we need to do is we need to take a look at what happened at sandy hook. when i was attorney general, i was tasked with a national task force on school violence. we made a number of recommendations which, in fact, were adopted at sandy hook to help keep schools safer. they weren't adequate. let's start addressing the problem, and to me one of the issues i think screams out of this is the issue of mental health and the care for the mentally ill in our country, especially the dangerously mentally ill. we need to have a broad discussion -- >> the white house is talking about that but are you willing to talk about gun control, as well? >> well, i think you need to put everything on the table, but what i hear from the administ
stephanopoulos is here to talk about new attempts apparently to take on the nra by the obama administration. >>> plus, the search for a missing fashion executive and his wife. vittoria missoni, owner of a fashion empire, vanished when a small plane carrying six people disappeared off the coast of venezuela. that name should be familiar if you shop at target. >> a lot get obsessed with missoni when they teamed up with target. >>> and in terms of college football, it doesn't get any bigger than this, the championship game, notre dame against 'bama. >> our josh elliott is in miami covering the hope, the hype and the runup to tomorrow night's game. and you know what? don't confuse the red for being a 'bama fan. because i'm not. i'm going for the irish. mid western girl, have to stick to my roots. >> going with the irish. by the way, josh looks pretty happy being on the beach as opposed to the frigid northeast. >>> a lot of news breaking overnight, and, of course, for that we turn to mr. ron claiborne. >> dan and paula, faris and harris, good morning to everyone. >>> we begin with that deadly st
the capacity of am mission magazines and instituting universal background trucks. the n.r.a. say they will fight any ban on weapons. >> here is a like look at a gun buyback that opened a few minutes ago in marin city with a few people there. the buy back at st. andrew's presbyterian church is one of five locations across marin county where people can turn in their guns, no questions asked. anyone turning in a handgun, rifle or shotgun receives $200. the boy back is open to residents of marin, sonoma and san francisco. folks must show documentation of where they live to get 9 buy back cash which continues until 8:00 this evening. after weeks of speculation facebook has a new feature in an invitation-only event at the headquarters. abc7 news reporter is live in the newsroom with details. katie? >> business and technology reporter is inside facebook right now tweeting the big announcement. zuckerberg has unveiled a new search feature. this is a picture of the announcement taken by our reporter who is inside. television news cameras were not allowed inside. this is video released by
but when i listen to the leadership of the n.r.a. saying we need more guns in the schools i could vomit. >> congressman thompson will hold a similar forum tonight in slay yeah and thursday in santa rosa and take the ideas back to washington for possible legislation. in napa for abc7 news. >> national park officials have come up with a plan to protect a river that run through yosemite which limits the number of daily visitors to under 20,000 to prevent overcrowding and ban commercial rafting on the river and limit the number of places where can you use your own park. bicycle rentals are barred and the ice rink is eliminated. officials have been under court order to find ways to protect the river from erosion and the banks from being trampled. >> san jose could try out more park lets, sidewalk seating areas that extend into a couple of street parking places. there are a few now but they cannot afford to pay if more and is considering to allow businesses to pay for them at $25,000 each. some businesses say they are eager to try it and others say it is just not cost effective. the pilot pro
and the nras. he says some consensus was reached as for as background checks for criminal and mental health records but thinks the administration is just having these meetings for show. >> it was constructive dialogue. i think they had their mind made up. >> a task force on guns is expected to present recommendations by the end of the month. templeton says he expectz 8,000 people here to cow palace on sunday, and also expects to sell out of ammunition. reporting live, abc7 news. >> ama: hundreds of people gathered this morning to remember the.human mateen whose body was found in the snow? south lake tahoe last week. >> familiar my friends of alyssa byrnes came to the memorial service at the high school. many of them wore her favorite color, pink. they shared their memories of the 19-year-old. >> she was a happy person. she wouldn't like to us be sad right now. she would want us to be partying, like being crazy. that's the kind of person she was. >> ama: ahis sill sa will be laid to rest privately. toxicology results to determine a cause of death will take up to six weeks. >> car wash fundra
. >> but the nra would say they can get them illegally. >> i don't agree with that. >> but they made these arguments. the only thing that stops a bad guy is a good guy with a gun. if there had been somebody with a good there in that parking lot with jared loughner. >> there was. there was somebody with a gun. other than jared loughner. >> he says there was a man nearby who had a gun in his pocket. but almost accidentally shot the hero. >> a good guy with a gun. >> it is still a kind of miracle that congresswoman giffords survived. a bullet had torn a tunnel through her brain. >> yeah, that's it. that's a thumb. >> today, she says she is still making gains, but every one is hard-fought. >> the hardest part? >> every day, right, awful. >> she is trying to say because of her injury, she has trouble seeing on the right side, but in the room with her, there's no doubt she understands quickly. which she says makes it more frustrating when she doesn't have the words to answer. >> it's a struggle. >> but she will not give up trying. lots of therapy every day. >> physical therapy. yoga. speec
committed the crime not on the focus on behaviors of the individual who have not committed crimes. >> the n.r.a. is calling the president a hypocrite releasing a video that not supporting the arming of school employees when his children have their own armed guards at school. >> we are learning how successful a gun guy back problem was in marin county, 827 weapons in all were turned in from people in marin, san francisco, and sonoma counties, given up to $200 a weapon. agoers ran out of money in just a matter of hours. another buy back has been scheduled for next monday, 291st, running from 11 in the morning until 8:00 p.m. with weapons cropped off, no questions asked at ran valve -- at san rafael and mill valley. >> employees had to move because of a flood which last week damaged equipment and caused structural damage. the workers are going to be displaced until spring. it will take ten weeks after someone left a tap on in a custodian closet. >> drivers will notice big improvements in nine month, after a single lane in short stretches as the department of public works is starting a $7.3 million
back. in a video the n.r.a. goes after the president. >> it is just eat hypocrite. slamming president obama for being skeptical about armed guards in schools while his daughters have required secret service protection. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? >> the white house called the video repugnant. the senate is going to begin working on gun legislation in the next two weeks but president obama said he could not wait. he signed 23 executive orders on gun control that do not require congressional approval. >> a gun buyback program proved to be a huge success in the bay area. 827 weapons were turned in by different people from four counties. they were given $200 a weapon. agoers ran out of money in a few hours. note oh got the most with 277 weapons and san rafael netted 223, central marin had 2306, and marin city 71. another buy back has been scheduled for next monday running from 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at night with weapons dropped off, no questions, at the san rafael police departments and mill valley police department. >> a vote could bring a high profile police co
event. >> where do we stop? >> the nra drawing the obama daughters into the middle of the debate. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? >>> duped. tragic love story or hoax? football hero manti te'o, did his famous girlfriend even exist or was he taken for a cruel ride in the biggest catfish tale ever? >>> and energy drinks. the big increase of people going to the emergency room. what's happening? and our own experiment on what caffeine does to your body.
responsible gun owners would be punishedly bit ban. nra said they were confident congress would reject the bile bay area members of the group one million moms for gun control stood beside senator feinstein during today's announcement. this group comp plized of mother who's support the ban. >> it's wet in parts of the bay area tonight. spencer christian is in and tracking it for us on live doppler 7 hd. >> yes. some locations receiving no rain at all, others receiving a soaking. south bay has been the wettest region in the bay area. we still have mainly light rainfalling around san jose. there have beens7lp pockets of heavier rainfall. quite a drenching there. here is a look at rainfall totals. livermore received a quarter inch. san jose, a third of an inch. look at the many locations that are received no measurable rain. just a trace. rain, though it's not hitting all locations, it's5a not winding down yet. >> thank you very much. new at 6:00 a falling tree is seriously injuring a woman. crews cleaned up after the zechblt official says a thousand pound tree fell on a worker, causing
act. >> her opposition? the head of the nra. so, who won the first round? >>> the $275 million man on the ropes tonight? the guy who got all the glamour and the girls. is he about to go down? >>> and, cats going wild. what we just learned today about the secret life of fluffy. scientists track them and discover a kind of feline frankenstein. >>> good evening. we begin with that wall of wind howling across the country tonight. millions
a consensus among the nra, gun owners and gun opponents. they want to try to prevent more tragedy like at sandy hook and possibly pass a ban on assault weapons. they said it's created fear among many gun owners. >> because obama wants to take everybody's guns away so they are here buying ammo and guns and getting ready for the next revolution. [laughter] >> gun show president bob templeton attended the meetings in washington. >> further restrictions on the second amendment are not on the table for discussion. >> templeton said that's his. stand, as well as the nras. he said some consensus was reached as far as background checks for criminals and mental health records, but he thinks the administration is having the meetings for show. >> it was constructive dialogue but i think they had their mind made up when they came into the meeting. >> the task force on guns is expected to present their recommendations by the end of the month. templeton said he expects about 8,000 people here at the cow palace on sunday and also expects to sell out of ammunition. in daly city, abc7 news. >> the eigh
secretaries, george stephanopoulos is here to talk about new attempts apparently to take on the nra by the obama administration. >> plus, the search for a missing fashion executive and his wife. vittoria missoni vanished when a small plane carrying six people disappeared off the coast of venezuela. that should be familiar if you shop at target. >> a lot get obsessed with target when they teamed up with target. in terms of college football, the championship game, notre dame against 'bama. >> our josh elliott is in miami covering the hope up to tomorrow night's game. don't confuse the red for being an 'bama fan. >> going with the irish. josh looks happy being on the beach as opposed to in the frigid northeast. a lot of news breaking overnight, and, of course, for that we turn to mr. ron claiborne. >> faris and harris. >>> aurora, colorado, still reeling. four people killed including an armed suspect killed in a shootout with the police s.w.a.t. team. clayton sandell has the story. >> reporter: the first shots rang out in the dead of night at 3:00 a.m., a woman came running from this t
area made the cut. >> the head of the n.r.a. speaks out against president obama and the inaug >> treatment, palo alto, north bay, and all bay area, this is abc7 news. >> welcome back, this is live doppler 7 hd, you can see the rain is mainly over the coast. some of the sprinkles are moving through the north bay so watch out. you may get a little wetness for the morning commute but it is not frozen in the form of frost. we have "spare the air" with the poorest air quality in the not bay burning of wood banned. 7:00, all the way to 4:00 the rain will take over more and more our neighborhoods and become scattered showers headed to 7:00. scattered showers tomorrow and a bright friday and a chilly shower is possible on saturday. >> deadly cold front continues to spread across the midwest and east coast this morning. it is so cold that air north of the great lakes is colder than air in the north pole with wind chill dropping to 30 below in minnesota and people covering their faces, the cold is blamed for three deaths so for. icy roads and white out caused three major chain reaction
to the macarthur maze. kristen and eric? >> more tough talk from the chief of the n.r.a., and the message to president obama over the controversial gun control proposal. >> the not bay police department facing a historic staffing shortage. how much longer before backup arrives? but first america's money report. >> good morning. topping america's money, flying high on wall street. both the dow and the s&p 500 have hit five year highs the best since the financial crisis. they were helped by strong earnings report and signs of a deal on the debt limit but not is good for middle class workers all over the world, millions of the jobs have disappeared and millions more are likely to go. most of the jobs that are added are low-paying jobs. the city apartment of the future: microunits intended for singles and couples in as little as 250 square feet. construction will start soon in new york city on a pilot project. the super bowl chicken wings will be more expensive this year and harder to get. animal prices soared >> santa clara, san francisco, east bay, and all the bay area, this is abc7 news.
. meanwhile, the head of the nra, waip la pie wayne lapierre, was there as well. he said criminals would not be impacted by them because they do not undergo background checks. after the hearing, kelly and lapierre shook hands. >> strong disagreements. good to see they did shake hands. we disagree. we did so cordially and respectfully. >> what is the answer? what is the nra putting forth as the answer? >> security in schools, armed guards at their schools. that's their answer. the famous quote. the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. that is their stance. more guns, arm everybody. >> what about all the loopholes? gun show loophole? there has to be an answer from the nra about that. >> even with all of the debate going on right now. it seems the assault weapons ban that we had from '94 to 2004, it still doesn't appear that that is going to go through. a lot of opposition. opposition to that. we are a gun loving country end of the day. one issue they get around and make head way on the background issue, the loopholes you just mentioned, the ones, particularly, a
that will pit the white house squarely against the nra. and its many supporters in congress. >> do you think that an assault weapons ban can pass congress? >> no. >> do you think it should? >> no. >> reporter: in fact, well over the congress, more than 288 members of congress have an "a" rating from the nra for opposing any or all gun control measures. one senator says gun control alone cannot be the answer. >> we have to change the culture of mass violence we have. if you think it's only about guns, and that would change the culture, you would be wrong. >> reporter: white house officials tell me that the president will act quickly on vice president biden's recommendations. you can expect them to be a big part of the upcoming state of the union address. george? >> okay, jon, thanks. >>> earlier, i spoke with jimmy greene, and nelda marquez-greene. along with another newtown parent. about the national promise. i began asking about their daughter, ana. >> she was full of life. full of love. she knew how to give the best hugs and the best kisses. and, you know, we look at her empty bed now and
. the nra is already pushing back, saying senator feinstein has been trying to ban guns from law-abiding citizens for decades. we're confident congress will reject her approach. but in a sign of where the nation stands, a new abc news "washington post" joint poll shows that 53% of americans support the kinds of gun reforms that president obama has proposed so far. mark greenblatt, abc news, new york. >> thank you, mark. of course, the president signed several executive orders. that was the first salvo in all of this. now the tougher battle is capitol hill. even senator feinstein said the chances of this getting passed are unlikely but it's a battle worth having. we'll see what happens once it hits capitol hill. >> i think most americans, especially after newtown, they do support some sort of gun control. perhaps not an aggressive form of gun control, but something. so why wouldn't it at least be possible? >> if the public is for it, you think capitol hill would respond. from '94 to 2004 in this country, we had an assault weapons ban. and you listen to people who supported it they
a ban on assault weapons, while 55% agree with the nra plan to put armed guards in schools. abc's karen travers is covering this ongoing debate. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, sunny. yesterday, president obama held the last press conference of his first term. he wasn't really willing to go into details about what he's considering on gun control. but he took a lot of questions on that very explosive issue. after the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary, president obama said the nation needed to change. and now he's poised to announce his own game plan on gun control. >> if there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in newtown, we should take that step. >> reporter: president obama received recommendations from vice president biden. they include stronger background checks for all gun purchases. a ban on high capacity magazine clips and renewed ban on assault weapons. >> my starting point is not to worry about the politics. my starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works. >> reporter: he may have the pu
officials will meet with the nra and other groups who oppose more gun restrictions. the president says he wants new legislation ready to go by the end of the month. >>> new york's governor is demanding even tougher gun laws in his state, which already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the entire country. in a sometimes fiery speech, andrew cuomo called for closing loopholes on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the sandy hook shooting. >> this is not taking away people's guns. i own a gun. i own a remmington shotgun. i've hunted. i've shot. that's not what this is about. it is about ending the unnecessary risk of high-capacity assault rifles. that's what this is about. >> lawmakers in albany are already meeting behind closed doors to reach a deal on new gun laws that could be announced and voted on by the end of the week. >>> three days of a preliminary hearing have wrapped up in the case of suspected gunman from aurora, james holmes. witnesses in the courtroom said holmes showed some emotion for the first time in court yesterday. they say he smir
a weapon can hold and a ban on assault weapons. several lawmakers and the nra say it has no chance of becoming law. >>> critical meetings this week on capitol hill for former senator chuck hagel. he's come under fire for his remarks about iran and israel in the past. he'll sit down with leading democrat chuck schumer of new york, among others, starting today. hagel got a resounding endorsement yesterday from former secretary of state colin powell. >>> we learned overnight that u.s. forces played a role in a failed rescue attempt in somalia last week. u.s. air ships did enter restricted air space briefly but did not use weapon. the hostage was apparently killed in the raid. >>> beijing is shrouded in a toxic fog this morning. as air pollution continues to soar off the charts. schools have canceled outdoor activities. hospitals are getting flooded with patients with breathing problems. children and the elderly are being warned to stay indoors. the smog being blamed on rapid economic growth and a surge in car ownership. >>> and here at home, a scary situation for hundreds of patients
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